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Senior Associate

Sarah Kuper

BA LLB(Hons) LLM(UPenn) DipLang


P+64 4 924 3512

M+64 21 198 5262

Sarah Kuper

Sarah Kuper is a senior associate in the firm’s public law team, based in Wellington, assisting both public and private clients.

Sarah specialises in litigation and alternative dispute resolution and provides advice and representation on administrative decision making, regulatory and statutory compliance, human rights, policy development, and law reform.

Sarah has acted in a wide range of commercial and public law disputes including interim injunctions, judicial reviews, government inquiries, human rights proceedings and multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes. She has appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal of New Zealand and as instructing solicitor in the High Court (England and Wales) and the London Court of International Arbitration as well as in specialist tribunals and commissions of inquiry.

Prior to joining Simpson Grierson in 2020, Sarah worked in specialist litigation firms in London and Auckland and as a Judge’s Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand. Sarah also spent time working at the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations during New Zealand's tenure as an elected member of the Security Council. She holds a Masters of Law from the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Dean’s Scholar and recipient of the LLM Rule of Law and Human Rights Fellowship in 2016.

Examples of Work

  • Covid-19 and statutory and regulatory reform - advising clients on the application and lawfulness of Covid-19 law changes and other regulatory and statutory reform including representing an individual challenging the government’s blanket ban on compassionate release from managed isolation
  • Royal Commissions and government inquiries - advising various clients in relation to the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care; acting for a food safety and biosecurity company in relation to the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate Contamination Incident
  • Government Departments - providing advice and representation to Government, including representing the Attorney-General on behalf of the Minister of Health and Minister of Social Development, defending challenges to its Funded Family Care (FFC) and Individualised Funding (IF) programmes
  • Crown Entities - assisting a number of Crown entities in relation to their decision making, interactions with responsible Ministers, statutory obligations, Ministerial powers and investigations
  • Independent statutory bodies - provided advice and representation to various independent statutory bodies including the Gambling Commission and Real Estate Agents Authority
  • Privacy and Official Information - assisting public and private clients with Ombudsman’s and Privacy Commissioner requests and investigations. Advising New Zealand and international businesses on the Privacy Act and GDPR obligations and compliance
  • Education sector - advising universities, schools and ECE providers on their statutory and regulatory obligations, including acting for a Tertiary Education Provider in declaratory judgment proceedings
  • Human Rights - advising and representing charities and individuals on their rights and obligations under domestic and international human rights law
  • Immigration - advising companies and individuals on Immigration matters, including successfully assisting clients in relation to applications for Critical Purpose Visas and emergency allocation requests for MIQ
  • Overseas Investment Act - acting for overseas investors, in both challenging and defending judicial reviews of Ministerial decisions under the Overseas Investment Act
  • Civil Fraud - acted for companies, pension funds and high net worth individuals in multi-jurisdictional civil fraud disputes, including successfully defending a claim against private equity interests for over €1 billion brought by the liquidators of a Greek Telecommunications company under s423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 in the High Court of England and Wales (Hosking v Apax Partners LLP [2018] EWHC 2732 (CH))
  • Trustee directions - advising and acting for Trustees in relation to their rights to seek directions under s 66 of the Trustee Act 1956 and Trusts Act 2019